As the global Black Lives Matter protests continue, Australians have been challenged to confront the realities of ongoing racism and Aboriginal deaths in custody. Sydney Opera House has invited IndigenousX to curate this panel discussion exploring how state sanctioned violence is enabled and protected by racist ideology, and the role of protests in achieving reform.
Curated by IndigenousX.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this talk may contain images and voices of deceased persons.
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IndigenousX was founded in 2012 by Luke Pearson, as a way to help showcase and amplify a diverse range of Indigenous voices online. The project began as a rotating Twitter account, where a new Indigenous host takes over the account each week to tell their own stories, experiences and perspectives.
Distinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt AO is a Eualayai/Gamillaroi woman the Director of Research and Academic Programs at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney. She is a graduate of the UNSW Law School and has a Masters and SJD from Harvard Law School. Larissa is an award- winning author and filmmaker. and won the 2018 Australian Directors Guild Award for best Direction of a Documentary Film for After the Apology. Larissa won the 2002 David Uniapon Award and a 2005 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for her novel Home. Her second novel, Legacy, won a Victorian Premiers Literary Award. Larissa was awarded the 2009 NAIDOC Person of the Year award and 2011 NSW Australian of the Year. She is the host of Speaking Out on ABC Radio.
Deng Thiak Adut was a former child soldier from South Sudan before he immigrated to Australia. He earned his law degree at Western Sydney University and now works as a refugee advocate and lawyer. He was named the 2017 New South Wales Australian of the Year.
Tony McAvoy is a Wirdi man from the central Queensland area around Clermont. He is also a native title holder in his grandmother’s country around Thargomindah in southwest Queensland. He has been a barrister since 2000, and Senior Counsel since 2015. He currently chairs the NSW Bar Association First Nations Committee, and a member of the NSW Bar Indigenous Joint Working Party on overincarceration. He is Co-Chair of Law Council of Australia Indigenous Legal Issues Committee, is a member of the Law Council’s Indigenous Incarceration Working Group. He is a council member of the Australian Institute of Judicial Administrators. He was Co-Senior Counsel assisting the Don Dale Royal Commission.